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Sometimes, however, large-scale commercial processing can yield materials that are far more homogeneous than those that can be produced on a small scale in the laboratory. 22 Introduction Further information about methods for producing oriented polymers is given in chapter 10. 2. 2 Additives and composites Additives are used for a wide variety of purposes, and may be classified as fillers, anti-oxidants, stabilisers, plasticisers, fire retardants, pigments and lubricants. Anti-oxidants and stabilisers are usually used in rather small quantities in order to prevent degradation of the polymer when it is exposed to air, light and heat; the intention here is to maintain the properties of the polymer rather than to modify them.

Fig. 3 Schematic representations of (a) a linear polymer, (b) a branched polymer and (c) a network polymer. e. a place where two chains are chemically bonded together. 3 The chemical nature of polymers These two sets of classifications are, of course, closely related, since structure and properties are intimately linked. A brief description of the types of polymer according to classification (ii) will now be given. Thermoplastics form the bulk of polymers in use. They consist of linear or branched molecules and they soften or melt when heated, so that they can be moulded and remoulded by heating.

G. Treloar, Wykeham Publications, London, 1970. (2) Introduction to Synthetic Polymers by I. M. Campbell, 2nd Edn, OUP, 2000. (3) Introduction to Polymers by R. J. Young and P. A. Lovell, 2nd Edn, Chapman & Hall, London, 1991. (4) Introduction to Physical Polymer Science by L. H. , New York, 2001. 26 Introduction (5) Polymer Physics by U. F. Gedde, Chapman & Hall, London, 1995. (6) The Physics of Polymers: Concepts for Understanding their Structure and Behaviour by G. R. Strobl, 2nd Edn, Springer Verlag, Berlin, 1997.

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